In the wake of recent complaints regarding racial bias and a lack of inclusiveness within the company, Adidas has released a statement that says it is committed to inclusiveness in the workplace. The statement is in response to a letter sent to the company's North American president, Zion Armstrong, by an employee describing racial bias and preferential treatment based on personal relationships within the firm.
A majority of women in the workplace feel that exclusion is a form of bullying, whereas a majority of men believe it is not, according to a recent study released by EY. Additionally, the study found that 40% of workers feel physically alone or ignored in the workplace, and many employees preferred employers checking in with them rather than some form of public recognition or invitation to events.
Leadership plays a critical role in developing an inclusive, diverse workplace, but leaders often struggle to accomplish these goals, writes Jim Barnett. Leaders must begin by identifying and understanding bias, then build a culture of open conversation before adjusting the plan and recycling it to ensure the workplace continues to grow more inclusive, Barnett notes.
Rome's Hotel Vilon is bringing modern luxury to a 16th-century palazzo. The 18-key property is part of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
New York, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and Nashville, Tenn., are the most active markets in the US for hotel construction, according to Lodging Econometrics.
The Utopian Hotel Collection has teamed with Headspace and Heywood Hill to maximize contentment in the guest experience. Heywood Hill will provide free reading consultation, while Headspace is opening up access to its content.
The hostel trade is taking on more of a boutique flavor and drawing the attention of major players, such as AccorHotels and Hilton. Features such as low cost and the heavy spending of younger consumers have attracted private equity and inspired hostel-like lines, such as Accor's Jo&Joe.
Red tide has slashed Florida Suncoast tourism to a record low in recent months, but some hotels are now reporting an upturn. September's year-over-year drop of 35% was an all-time low, but the tourist development tax wasn't greatly affected, thanks to high hotel supply, according to Visit Sarasota County.
Choice Hotels International plans to donate 20 million Choice Privileges loyalty points, equaling more than 2,000 room nights, to help veterans and service members join family and friends starting this holiday season. The Veterans Day announcement came as Choice named the military family support organization Operation Homefront as its new philanthropic partner.